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  • The Retail Trade of Second-Hand Goods in Stores in South Africa
    South Africa
    18 September 2020
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    The second-hand goods retail trade is often viewed as one that caters for poor people, but the global trend towards high quality vintage clothing, repurposed items and environmentally-conscious consumption has seen the industry attract buyers that wouldn’t have normally considered second-hand purchases. Due to the enforcement of regulations and increase in professional franchise operations, the sector is no longer considered a haven for stolen goods. There are an estimated 22,000 second-hand and pawn dealers in South Africa. Most second-hand stores are commercial operations, but some operate on behalf of, or in aid of a charity.
  • The Construction Industry in Kenya
    Kenya
    15 September 2020
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    The Kenyan construction industry contributed 5.6% to GDP in 2019 and provided employment to almost 222,000 people. With economic growth averaging over 5% per annum over the past ten years and oil production underway, the Kenyan government was on the cusp of rolling out an expansive infrastructure development programme comprising 80 public-private partnership projects. Since the outbreak of coronavirus, government’s infrastructure development plan hangs in the balance.
  • The Market Research Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    15 September 2020
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    The use of artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation is expected to reduce costs, increase efficiency and result in higher turnover in the market research industry. The main clients for market research are manufacturing (consumer non-durables), financial and insurance, and information and telecommunications and ICT companies. During poor economic conditions, market research companies may make their research freely available to market themselves and get new clients. This practice is on the increase and may end up being detrimental to the sector. Coronavirus is expected to have a major effect on the industry as economic challenges may see companies reduce spending in areas such as market research. The market research industry in Africa is expected to be hard hit, particularly in countries which predominantly rely on face-to-face interviews.
  • The IT Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    11 September 2020
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    Technology and internet connectivity have helped to maintain business continuity, keep children in education and ensure online access to essential goods and services during the coronavirus pandemic. However, the pandemic has also exposed significant areas of digital inequality and exclusion in areas without internet access. It is estimated that that there are more than 20,000 companies in the ICT sector that contributes approximately 8% to South Africa’s GDP. South Africa’s IT sector is generally robust, has access to the latest technologies and methodologies and underpins the operations of most other sectors of the economy. There is, however, a significant shortage of specialised skills in the sector.
  • Manufacture of Glass and Glass Products in South Africa
    South Africa
    08 September 2020
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    The manufacture of glass and glass products has been affected by the decline in economic activity of the construction, automotive, food and beverage manufacturing industries and by coronavirus. The industry was brought to a standstill during level 5 and 4 of the national lockdown. South Africa is the world’s 7th and 12th largest producer of wine and beer, respectively, and the wine and beer industries account for a large portion of the demand for glass containers.
  • Manufacture of Edible Nuts in South Africa
    South Africa
    04 September 2020
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    South Africa is the world’s largest producer and exporter of macadamia nuts and it produces pecan, and on a smaller scale, walnut, almond, cashews, hazelnut, pistachios, and peanuts. Locally-produced nuts are mainly exported. Global demand for nuts has been growing as an increasing number of consumers opt for healthier lifestyles. High-income countries have the largest consumption, with almonds being the most popular. In South Africa, peanuts are the most consumed as they are more affordable than other nuts. South Africa consumes about 81,496 tons of peanuts annually as edible nuts and as processed peanut butter.
  • Manufacture of Tanks, Cylinders, Reservoirs and Steam Generators in South Africa
    South Africa
    26 August 2020
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    The manufacture of tanks, cylinders, reservoirs and steam generators, also known as the pressure equipment manufacturing industry, includes the manufacture of pressure vessels, steam generators and pneumatic and hydraulic cylinder, air and gas compressor and universal vessels. The uncertainty created by coronavirus has compounded low levels of domestic demand for intermediate and finished products, dampened selling prices and worsened levels of business, investor and consumer confidence, according to the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa.
  • The Online Retail Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    17 August 2020
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    South Africa’s online retail sector, though small by the standards of developed international markets, has been growing rapidly in scope and value. Despite enjoying double-digit sales growth for many years, online retail’s share of South Africa’s retail trade was still below 2% in 2019. The industry has huge long term growth potential. Investment in technology and supply chains is increasing, and the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown has driven an unprecedented boom in online spending and adoption. However the crisis has also affected the economy, employment, investment and incomes, and put pressure on consumer spending.
  • Maintenance and Operation of Ports and Harbours
    South Africa
    06 August 2020
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    South Africa’s commercial ports and harbours play a critical role in the domestic economy as enablers of trade between South Africa and its trading partners in the region and other parts of the world. Ports facilitate imports and exports and provide maritime services to international shipping traffic. Before the coronavirus pandemic, around 300 million tons of seaborne cargo moved through South African ports each year, and volumes are expected to be substantially lower this year. Transnet plays a dominant role in the operation and maintenance of South Africa’s major ports and harbours.
  • Forestry and Related Services in South Africa
    South Africa
    03 August 2020
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    The country’s 1.2 million hectares of timber plantations produce between 15 million and 18 million tons of timber every year. Timber is a renewable resource and forests play an important role in climate change mitigation. There is a growing timber shortage in South Africa, and the industry is struggling to secure enough suitable land to plant new forests. Eleven forestry companies, about 1,100 commercial timber farmers and 20,000 small-scale farmers, representing over 90% of South Africa’s forestry industry, are members of industry body Forestry South Africa. South Africa is a significant exporter of forest-related products, and pulp, paper and solid wood are the industry’s main exports.
  • The Manufacture of Structural Metal Products in South Africa
    South Africa
    31 July 2020
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    The structural metal products manufacturing sector produces metal structures and parts from aluminium, iron or steel. Manufacturers in this sector produce a multitude of products from bridges to towers, masts, piers, prefabricated buildings, doors, staircases, gates, fences, roofing and scaffolding. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic and weak economic conditions continue to have a significant effect on the performance of the local structural metal products manufacturing sector.
  • The Production, Processing and Preserving of Red Meat in South Africa
    South Africa
    28 July 2020
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    Having not completely recovered from the 2015 and 2017 drought, which led to a shortage of red meat, the red meat sector has been struck by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and the declaration of a state of emergency and lockdown. Despite expectations of a significant economic contraction, the sector has mostly been able to weather the challenges introduced by the pandemic, and meat production is expected to increase marginally in 2020. The sector was affected by the initial closure of hotels, restaurants and takeaways and ban on hot food sales. Economic concerns led many people to reduce consumption of high-priced red meat items.
  • The Construction Industry in Angola
    Angola
    22 July 2020
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    While Angola’s construction sector grew at 9% a year between 2006 and 2014 as the government focused on repairing and modernising the country’s infrastructure following the civil war, growth in the sector has since ground to a halt as many government projects dried up following the fall in the oil price. The oil price decline and coronavirus pandemic have dampened the growth outlook for construction. The pandemic has resulted in the cost of a bag of cement more than doubling in Angola, while construction materials, many of which are imported from China, have quickly sold out.
  • The Accommodation Industry in South Africa
    South Africa
    21 July 2020
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    The tourism sector accounted for approximately 709,000 jobs in 2019. Income from accommodation grew by over 2% in 2019 despite a decline in international tourists. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, South Africa’s travel and tourism industry was facing challenges due to a weak economy, competition from neighbouring countries, safety and security issues and the water crisis. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns in most countries, 2020 will be devastating for the travel and tourism and accommodation sectors, with massive industry layoffs and consolidation taking place as foreign and inter-provincial travel stopped and as the industry effectively shut down.
  • Fleet Management in South Africa
    South Africa
    21 July 2020
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    In the fleet management industry, privately owned, JSE-listed players and the fleet management divisions of the major commercial banks compete for market share in a market where the major customer segments – car rentals, government, companies and couriers – have been severely affected by the coronavirus lockdown and weak economic growth. These factors may lead to a reduction in fleets.
  • The Manufacture of Vegetable and Animal Oils and Fat in South Africa
    South Africa
    18 July 2020
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    South Africa’s oils and fats manufacturing sector is dominated by vegetable oils and fat, and sunflower oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil in the country. South Africa is a net importer of edible oils, which include sunflower, soybean and palm oil as it does not produce enough to meet demand. South Africa produced an estimated 464,000 tons of oil from seeds in the 2019/20 marketing year to end-February 2020, and is forecast to produce 507,000 tons in the 2020/21 marketing year, when imported oilseed oil will account for about 65% of local consumption.
  • The Broadcasting Industry and Manufacture of Decoders in South Africa
    South Africa
    08 July 2020
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    The broadcasting industry has been disrupted by technological advances and it faces competition from streaming and other online services. The internet has threatened the existence of traditional players such as the SABC, which continues to have internal problems relating to its finances and corporate governance, and other large players such as MultiChoice, which owns DStv, and e.tv.
  • The Collection, Purification, Testing, and Distribution of Water In South Africa
    South Africa
    03 July 2020
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    The water sector has had some success in the continued roll-out of basic water and sanitation services, although dilapidated infrastructure and widespread non-payment continue to present problems. The quality of wastewater treatment has shown a marked decrease over the last four years and industry analysts suggest that the water sector is on the verge of an infrastructural crisis exacerbated by institutional ineffectiveness and under-investment. The outbreak of coronavirus and lockdown put the dire water and sanitation provision situation in townships and informal settlements under the spotlight once again.
  • The Mining of Manganese in South Africa
    South Africa
    30 June 2020
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    South Africa was the world’s largest producer and exporter of manganese ore in 2019, accounting for 30% of global production and almost 50% of global exports. However, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on manganese supply and demand, rapidly rising input costs, and inadequate rail infrastructure for exports are some of the challenges faced by the manganese mining sector.
  • The Agri-Business Sector in Angola
    Angola
    29 June 2020
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    Agriculture provides employment for about half of the Angolan population. Most of Angola’s agricultural sector is subsistence farming that uses rudimentary techniques and little infrastructure or use of inputs such as fertiliser, while farmers have little access to finance. There are few commercial farmers, as over 90% of farm land is cultivated by smallholders. The country is highly dependent on food imports, and imported nearly half of its food in 2018. However, Angola has the natural resources to become one of Africa’s leading agricultural countries, as the diverse and fertile region is suited to a variety of crops. It also has an abundance of fresh water and arable land.

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